It is smart to become efficient, but is it always efficient to become “smart”?
The energy transformation towards low carbon production makes the system more complex and more volatile – a challenge for all involved. The new markets require smart generators, smart grids and smart consumers, plus smart markets where they can interact. Being “smart” means collating information, understanding it and reacting appropriately to what it reveals. We help our clients do this.
We have been working on the regulatory and commercial implications of smart grids in Great Britain both for policy makers and for industry. We have worked successfully with Ofgem, DECC and the Smart Grids Forum (SGF) to help the Forum decide how to play and so considered the implications smart grids would have on the regulation of energy networks as part of Ofgem’s RPI-X@20 project, as well helping to develop the Low Carbon Network Fund (LCNF).
We work extensively on demand-side response (DSR) both for policy makers and for industry. This includes European experience working with clients on projects such as the potential value of remote load control services in the French market. This required estimating the future importance of local control of distribution connected generation and load in France. We also evaluated ways in which local controllability should be included in the proposed French capacity mechanism.
In Great Britain we worked on a project for DECC to review evidence on DSR trials in the domestic electricity sector, in the UK and internationally.
Read more about our energy work.